Sept. 23, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After the first two rounds of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Monday, the Michigan State men's golf team sit in third place with a 10-over par 578 (284-294). Freshman Charlie Netzel paced the Spartans in a tie for seventh at even-par 142 (70-72). The final round at Warren Golf Course begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET for MSU.
"Overall it was an up and down day for us," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We played a nice round in the morning, but I thought mentally we weren't at our best in either round; we just happened to play better in the first round. Despite all that, we were close to playing a good round this afternoon, and we put ourselves in a position for a good finish tomorrow."
Houston, who ended last season in the top-25, leads the field by 10 shots with an opening day score of 3-under par 565. Georgia Southern is second at 7-over par 575 to lead the Spartans by three strokes.
Netzel, whose 36-hole start is his lowest this season, had a tournament-best nine birdies today.
Redshirt freshman Sean Friel led MSU in the second round with a 1-under par 70, to move up into a tie for 11th overall with a Monday total of 1-over par 143 (73-70). Friel had seven birdies today, and posted the first eagle on the season for MSU. He also played the par-5s at 4-under par, which is tied for second in the field.
Sophomore Mitch Rutledge is tied for 26th individually at 5-over par 147 (73-74), while freshman Sam Weatherhead is tied for 31st at 6-over par 148 (70-78) and senior Carson Castellani is tied for 35th at 7-over par 149 (71-78).
Playing as an individual, junior Jon Finley is tied for 19th at 4-over par 146 (78-68) After an opening round 78, Finley bounced back with a career-low 3-under par 68 in the second round. His 68 was tied for the lowest round in the tournament, and just one of six rounds in the 60s today. Finley had eight birdies on the day, which s tied for third in the field, including five in the second round.
Yale's Will Davenport holds a one-shot lead over the field with a score of 3-under par 139.